Quilts from PageQuilts
As promised, a look at the new quilts
The Morning After - One of a Kind Spring
Thanks to everyone who stopped by the
PageQuilts booth at this
year's Spring One of a Kind show. The morning after the show,
we turned to local Leslieville hidden gem - Lady
to recharge our batteries with delicious eggs benny, before
heading back to the Quilt studio to finish up remaining
special request tea cosies. ( Want a tea cosy in yellow's,
blue's, maroon's or shades of black? Valerie can get you sorted,
just ask. )
One of the highlights from this year's
Spring One of a Kind was speaking with a lady who will be
giving a patterned green PageQuilts tea cosy to her 101 year old mother. Her mother
loves drinking a pot of tea while reading, albeit with an
extra-large type face book in hand. It's a good thing then
that PageQuilts Tea Cosies are tested to keep tea hot.
In a few days we'll have a stack of
new Tea Cosies up on the website in a range of new colours and
patterns - so if you missed us at One of a Kind you can still
pick up a tea cosy for your bare 6-cup, 4-cup or 2-cup tea
Feel The Warmth Under a Tea
Tired of pouring your second cup of
tea only to discover that the pot has gone cold while you were
reading the morning paper? Cry no more - there is a solution!
Treat yourself to a PageQuilts Tea Cosy and your tepid tea
days will be over. Tested and proven to keep a pot of tea
steaming hot for three hours, each PageQuilts Tea Cosy is
handmade in Valerie's Toronto studio. No two are alike. The
cosy's secret is its insulated interior padding, sturdily
anchored within a cotton cover and liner designed to withstand
regular washings over many years.
Don't miss out on Tea Cosies from
PageQuilts at the Spring One of a Kind this year. Cozies are
available in a selection of sizes to accommodate your tea pot,
whether it's a small 2-cupper, typical 6-cup or larger. Priced
from $50 for the standard 6-cup
Valerie's Quilted Tea Cosies were born out of
necessity. After years of trying to find nice English-style
tea cosies to no avail, she took it into her own hands and
created these beauty's below. Not only are they trendy and
colourful, a PageQuilts tea cosy will keep a fresh pot of your
best tea hot for at least 3 hours! Enjoy your tea with friends
this winter, at your own pace.
For all the British ex-pats and tea
drinkers of the world who have searched in vain for a decent
tea cosy to envelope their favourite Brown Betty of Ceylon,
your search is over. Valerie has sewn Tea Cosies in a select range of
colours and quilted patterns, all guaranteed to keep 6-to-8
cup sized tea pots steaming hot.
Made by hand in the Leslieville area
of Toronto from patchwork cotton fabrics/felted cotton batting
and dense polyester batting lining. Machine wash in cold
water, cool dryer setting. Price:
$50 cotton. Buy Now.
Quilts, Lovely Wall Quilts - new this
Quilters are an under appreciated
bunch. Ask Valerie about the many hours of work, the years
spent accruing needle skill, her almost magical deftness with
colour and you'll be greeted with naught but a gleaming smile.
Live with Quilts. Feel the Warm Under a Quilt. More than just
fabric and thread, quilts can bring a couple together in such
an intimate way.
PageQuilts Tea Cosies Keep Hot Tea Pots,
Hot tea is the best tea, so we tested
the special insulation used in each PageQuilts cosy before
anything else. In the first test the tea pot was left
uncovered, and not surprisingly the water only remained hot
for a short while. In the next test under identical
parameters, the tea pot was wrapped in a PageQuilts tea cosy.
After three hours time under the cosy, water temperature was a
nice hot 50°C (still hot enough for steam to rise from the tea
So there you have it, a bare tea pot
rapidly cools off while a PageQuilts tea cosy will keep your
best tea steaming hot for at least three hours! If you cherish
the high quality tea you drink, you need a tea cosy.
Test Parameters - An Omega HH501DK Type-K
digital thermometer and an epoxy-encapsulated thermocouple
temperature sensor located at the center of a standard
porcelain tea pot, boiling water was poured in right from the
kettle to within an inch of the fill line.
Leaf Tea in Toronto?
For starters there is a wonderful new
tea store on Toronto's Queen St. West called David's Tea that is certainly worth
stopping by. It's a couple blocks from the legendary Red Tea Box which is on the opposite
side of Bathurst. If you spend more of your time in the East
end of the city you'll want to browse through the neatly
stacked shelves of tea at the Tea Emporium or Pippins Tea Company (both in the
Beaches). BlogTO.com has also put together a good Top 10 List
for the Best Tea in Toronto
Quilting Workshops |
Art of Quilting
Think you can make a quilt? You can.
Taught by Valerie Page, the Beginners Quilting
Workshops cover basic quilt construction
and many valuable techniques. The Mentor Sessions are
great for experienced quilters looking to take on more
challenging patterns, or unfamiliar techniques. More details here, or contact
Valerie to sign up.
BEGINNERS QUILTING WORKSHOP DATES &
Workshops run 3hrs,
for 7 weeks (21 hrs total class time). Maximum of 3 students
Saturday classes: 10:00AM
- 1:00PM or 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Weeknight classes: Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri
6:00PM - 9:00PM
Cost: $350 GST
Learn basic quilt construction, how
to mix and match colours, what kind of fabrics work and
valuable techniques from an experienced quilter as you
construct two projects. Early registration is recommended as
class size is limited. The workshops will help you gain the
confidence to take on larger quilting projects for family
and friends, in an intimate studio environment.
This workshop is great for
both beginners who have never quilted before, and seasoned
quilters looking to learn new skills. Over the seven weeks
you will learn the basics of quilt design, quilt
construction, gain familiarity with specialized quilting
tools, techniques like machine piecing, hand piecing,
quilting by hand or machine, and how to choose proper
materials (fabrics, colours, patterns). Students will leave
class with a patchwork pillow and small quilt or wall
hanging. Access to sewing machine recommended, materials not
ONE-on-ONE MENTOR SESSIONS
Already a skilled quilt maker
but have a new technique you want to try out? Let Valerie
guide you in a new challenge.
$50 for 2hrs
Don't delay, sign up today! [Email
Five Quilting Workshops
Colour and Fabric Theory
session runs for 5 weeks. $300. GST included (15 hrs class
Intermediate Quilt Design
Each session runs for 5 weeks. $300. GST
included (15 hrs class time)
Advanced Quilt Design
session runs for 5 weeks. $300. GST included (15 hrs class
Course in Quilt Design
covers Star Paper Piecing, Japanese Pine Bark, Fibonacci
Pattern, and others
Dates: Saturday or
Sunday 10-1 / 2-5PM (6 hrs class time)
Cost: $150 GST included
Course in Creative Gift Giving
Start planning now to be the giver of the
best gifts ever. Class covers small quilting projects such as
pillows, table runners, wall hangings, baby quilts.
Dates: Saturday or Sunday 10-1 / 2-5PM (6
hrs class time)
Cost: $150 GST
Rita Zekas Dishes on Quilts in the
Toronto Star Newspaper
Toronto Star reporter Rita Zekas recently wrote an article
on Valerie Page in the Living
section of the Saturday Star
newspaper. "Quilting has been given
serious street cred now... Page's quilts are not just for the
bed but function as decorative art for wall hangings; slung
over a couch or chair for a pop of colour; or as throws,
perfect for snuggling under to watch TV and for chilling out
at cottages or ski chalets." "I can see my quilts in lofts; in
an Architectural Digest kind of home. Hanging up, they soften
acoustics." Read the article here.
For inquiries and comments, please
Yellow Magic Garden Quilt
Measures 60" x 72", machine pieced and hand quilted.
Hot and Cold Snowballs
Measures 47" x 64",
machine pieced and hand quilted.
The Secret Garden Quilt
Measures 70" x 102", machine pieced and
New for Spring, this one of a kind
quilt by Valerie Page is called the "Secret Garden". It's
large size makes it perfect for a bed, and fantastic for a
featured living room wall. Once you see this quilt in person,
you'll love it as much as we do. Contact Valerie today, to see this or
any other quilt.
Quilted Christmas Stalkings
night before Christmas
The stockings were hung
by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas
soon would be there!
My children cherish the
Christmas stockings their grandmother made years ago. We
still hang them up each holiday season, filled to the
brim with clementine oranges, candy canes and golden
Order your traditional
Christmas stocking now for $60. Contact Valerie to have yours
Stockings are hand pieced
in green and red stripes like Aaron's to the left; blue
and silver or all red fabrics.
Each stocking is quilted,
about 18" long, cuffed and fully lined. Backs are plain,
not quilted. A sturdy loop big enough to fit over a
doorknob or bed post makes hanging a breeze.
The Racing Stripe
The limited edition
Entirely hand made in Toronto,
this retro-modern pillow features twin stripes set on a
deep cobalt background with Fleur de Lys.
17" square, zippered.
The Spring One of a Kind Show has
It was a great One of a Kind Spring Show;
PageQuilts.com was there with a lot of exciting new
quilts, pillows and wall hangings for the modern home.See
what a local artist from the Leslieville area creates; quilts
for babies and kiddies, the living room wall, your bed, the
couch, and pillows that say "wow!" Talk to Valerie about her
Beginners Quilting Workshops today.
The pillows pictured above are all
super soft and fluffy, 17x17" in size and priced from $60 to
$120. Hand made by Valerie in Toronto's Leslieville District.
Cotton fabrics, polyester pillow form. Zippered for easy
removal. Bada bing Bada buy 'em.
Spent Valentine's Day Under the
Felt the Warmth Chocolate Can't Match?
In many ways quilts are like a
relationship between two people. The different bits of a quilt
may be opposites, but once brought together a quilt is much
more than the sum of its parts. Quilts last a lifetime, become
heirlooms, wrap up newborns, and form the fabric of a family
in all its many different shapes and definitions. No two
quilts are alike, but the warmth they provide to those who
slip under their covers is the stuff of memories. Or as one
man said after giving his girlfriend one of Valerie's quilts;
"We've never had such great sex as we did after I gave her
Walk into Winkel
Walking into Winkel is
like discovering your grandmother's attic – if your
grandmother collected vintage pins from Communist Russia.
Among the vintage 45s and sheet music, framed curios and
loonie baskets you can now find Valerie's special 40's
inspired throw pillows.
Made from McCarthy-era green fauna
tablecloths that harken back to the days of greased back hair,
sock hops, and cherry Coke; if you've got the style Valerie's
pillows will rock your world!
Winkel is located in the heart of
Leslieville, at 1107 Queen Street East. Look for the giant
purple building with Godzilla attacking, in opposite direction
of all the running and screaming civilians.
Blown Up. Mercury Espresso Bar - East
Queen East / Leslieville
finished its run at Mercury Espresso Bar. It ran
through to January 31st 2008. Mercury is where all the cool
kids in Leslieville get their caffeine, bath in good tunes
from the stereo and for a time, gazed at Valerie's art between
On discovering Valerie's quilts gone, one
little kid cried. His mom had given him Crayons and paper to
draw the quilts on the wall while she sipped Caffe Latte's.
Buck up future artist - the colourful quilts from Mercury are
frozen in time right here.
Mercury is open 9AM-9PM M-S and located
at 915 Queen St. E., in the Leslieville district of Toronto.
The ginger cookies are epic, the espresso fantastic. An ode to
coffee drinkers everywhere. Coffee Cups in Polka Dots.
In addition to the Beginners
Quilting Workshops that begin this
February 16, Valerie will be exhibiting at the One of a Kind Spring Show in
March, and speaking at the Rainbow Country Quilters Guild
this coming April.
Colour Makes the Days Grow
New quilts just added to
PageQuilts.com. Can you find the one on display at Mercury?
Cubists Would be Proud of this Fibonacci
I love this quilt. Each individual swatch
of fabric comes together to form a curve. The curves make a
fibonacci-inspired pattern, and each fibonacci block is part
of the entire quilt. Squint your eyes to see the forrest; a
painting of colour, texture and pattern.
Final Day of One Of A Kind
It's your last
chance to bring one of Valerie's Quilts or Pillows home for
the holidays... and you've got until 6PM today to make the
Blink twice at the fluffy fresh snow
on the ground, pull on the toe-toasty boots, hat, mits &
scarf and smile at the winter sun as you head to out grab a
coffee, hop on a streetcar or drive down to the One of a Kind
Show at the Direct Energy Center (directions below).
Soon it will be too late. If you delay
you'll have missed out.
No quilt for
Today is your absolute last chance to
feel the fabrics, scrutinize the stitching, fluff the pillows,
test wrap a baby Quilt, and see handmade
Leslieville-area-of-Toronto quilts perfect for snuggling under
on a cold winters day.
Drop by booth
X22, from 10AM to 6PM today, at the One of a Kind
Christmas Show.Live from the show floor at the One Of A
Kind Christmas Show
Visit PageQuilts in Row X, booth No. 22
There many talented artists at
this year's One of A Kind Christmas show (running till December 2) and
some truly gorgeous and beautifully hand crafted treasures. My
best advice is to start at one end of the floor, and zig-zag
to the other before going back to the artists booth's that
most resonate with you. Just mark down the Row letter and
their number so you don't forget a jem!
TTC Detours. Okay, Feet St. where the
Streetcars normally run adjacent to Lake Shore blvd. is under
construction, so you'll have to wait for a shuttle bus at the
foot of Bathurst St. that will take you to the Direct Energy
Center. Or, take the King St. West Streetcar to Strachan Ave.
and walk South about two blocks. This route is much quicker,
less windy, and the most direct path from TTC to the One of a
Kind showfloor. Here's your map, and there's a Second Cup
right where the streetcar stops.
As you window shop through the rows of
One of a Kind, do yourself a favour and stop and talk to the
artists. Some of the stories behind why they do what they do,
where they get their inspiration and how long they have been
making their art are fascinating. The art, clothing and
decorations hanging for sale in each booth are more than just
objects, there's a personal story behind each item. That kind
of connection just isn't there with commercially mass produced
stuff, shipped by the freighter-full from Guangdong China.
Instead of a picture frame just being
a picture frame, you might be surprised to learn the artist
sourced the vintage wood from a 1900's era farm house in the
middle of the Gatineau valley. Or that the picture warmly
embraced by that antique wood was taken with an old Leica
camera passed down from the artist's father.
There is one booth this year with
incredible hand made sculptures that marry cast aluminum and
exotic African woods. Two artists got together and
collaborated to create these beautiful sculptures after a
Fascinating stories make what you'll
discover at this show genuinely special and unique.
Consider Valerie's pillows. The spiral
square patterned pillows are actually inspired by a
mathematical formula known as a Fibonacci number. A study of
naturally repeating patterns in nature during her time at
OCAD, is what led her to find ways of expressing this in
fabric with different shades of colour. Make no mistake, it's
a very labour intensive process that takes hours to create
just one small Fibonacci square. That kind of devotion to
one's artistic vision is what you can only get from artists,
and the result is a visually satisfying treat that you'll
savour for years!
That's my take on things, what's been
your favourite highlight from
the show so far?
One Of A Kind Christmas Show
Stop by and Say Hello to Valerie at
booth, row X, number 22 - X22. Your last chance to see quilts
is happening right now, and goes until the 2nd of December at
the Direct Energy Center, Exhibition Place. The One of a Kind
Show runs 11AM - 9PM every day, and don't miss out on the
Pagequilts mailing list either.
Highlights and Beauties from
- The Great
Pillow Wall - over 50 fresh pillows to put the accent in
your beige monster and lonely lounger.
Hangings that bring warmth to drafty dens and make your
- Fresh Baby
Quilts - Test drive one in your stroller right then and
- Learn about the NEW Beginners Quilting Workshops and
weekend quilt classes. (beat the rush, spaces will go
Quilt Season Begins Under the
Hop in, pull up a quilt
and support a local artist from the Leslieville area of
If you're in
Toronto next week, you must visit One of a Kind and stop by
and say hello. Here's a sneak peek at a handful of pillows
fresh from my studio - what do you
PS. In January
I'll be displaying some custom nanoQuilts at Mercury Espresso bar in the heart of
Leslieville. Just think The Clash meets Louis Riel...
UNDER THE COVERS
Chilly toes, cocoa and a DVD of a roaring
fireplace... Quilt Season has begun.
Blankets of snow, pillows of white stuff
piled up by the road side, wisps of ice flying through grey
streets; save yourself from the bland blahs of winter by
stocking up on one of Valerie's fantastically colourful quilts
before it's too late.
Hang the Purple Magic Garden Quilt on
your favourite living room wall and bring warmth into your
home in the middle of January. Slip under the summery cover of
the Sunshine and Shadow quilt with
your loved one. Enjoy the surprise nine months later.
Strategically place one of Valerie's Fibonacci Pillows in the crook
of a barren sofa, curl up, daydream the slush away with a
stack of pulp fiction and your BFF.
Soon it will be too late, you'll have
No quilt for you.
Your last chance to feel the fabrics,
scrutinize the stitching, fluff the pillow, test wrap a baby Quilt, or see a handmade
right-in-the-Leslieville-area-of-Toronto quilt in person at
the One of a Kind Christmas Show.
Over 600 fantastic artists and
designers will be under one roof from Thursday Nov. 22 till
Sunday Dec. 2. Visit PageQuilts exhibition
Booth #X22 from 11AM till 9PM every day, and see what makes
Toronto's artistic Leslieville neighborhood a legitimate
designation. (sneak preview here) Valerie
has lived, created and worked in the heart of Leslieville for
more than 20 years. Her quilted works of art will live with
you and your family for many times that.
Directions to the One of Kind
Christmas Show, ticket information and show details available here. We hope to see
In the studio right now, in
the midst of a Toronto heat wave, the colours have
sub-consciously shifted towards cool blues, maroons, and
turquoise. One can only hope the mercury takes the hint...
When complete, this Fibonacci inspired
quilt will be about four foot square, and just one part of a
series of three wall hangings. When each piece is finally
ready to be hung on the wall, you will see a palate shift from
dark blues and maroon, to greens and yellows, and then oranges
and light blues. It should be quite fantastic!
Leslieville is enjoying the last
few weeks of summer, as Fall and its wonderful orchestra of
bright colours are fast approaching this creative corner of
Toronto. Somehow the ephemeral call back to school always
compels me to put my nose to the grindstone, get back to
work, try out new ideas, sew, and create.
You might think it out of place to
nominate "green" for a fall colour, but I think it works
wondrously with the horizon of reds, yellows, and wispy
greys that are set to blossom. Fall is all about transition,
change and new colours replacing familiar shades. Green
epitomizes all of this, and more! In the mean time, here is
a quick glimpse of some quilts on my Leslieville workbench
this very moment.
Fall is also the time when PageQuilts
will be cutting the final threads on our new Baby Quilt sister site.
Soon to be parents, BFF's of new
parents, and stealthy creative souls will soon be able to find
all of PageQuilt's wonderful baby quilts in one place. If
plans unfold true to the pencil sketches, there will be
helpful pointers on how to pick out just the right quilt for
that special kiddo, a broader colour selection of greens and
yellows, and a few special treats I can't mention yet!
For the moment, all of Valerie's Baby Quilts can be found right
here. Perfect little squares of fabric to keep baby warm in the
Summer Quilting at Haliburton School of
the Arts - Grade A+
Many thanks to the wonderful
women that traveled to Haliburton to participate in my Quilt
Design class this summer. The whole experience at the
Haliburton School of the Arts was a huge success!
"Change" was the challenge, and so
many rose to the occasion; congratulations to each and every
one of the students.
I can only hope that the learning
experience was as satisfying as the teaching experience. I
was happy to see eyes opened to new ways of choosing colour
and to see sensibilities tweaked. Working together in a hum
of activity and creativity was easily one of the best weeks
I've shared in a while.
Leonardo Fibonacci was an Italian
mathematician from the Middle Ages. The legacy he left was a
very peculiar number sequence where each value is the sum of
its two preceding numbers.
Valerie uses a geometric
representation of this as the basis for her gorgeous Fibonacci
Pillows - in this case, each piece of fabric in her pattern is
based on the Fibonacci dictum. Cool n'est pas? If you think
this pillow looks amazing here, just
imagine how fantastic it will look on your couch!?
Banish the Winter Blues Away with Colour,
Patterns and Quilts
As the Mercury dips below 0° during
the winter months, a quilt always makes a warm statement.
Colourful patterns and fabric offer comfortable respite from
the chill, the colourless days, and the winter blah's.
Valerie's quilts do this like no other.
Changes in Leslieville
The vibrant area of Leslieville is
growing and changing, and unfortunately the much loved Piccoli store at 798 Queen St.
East is soon to be reborn into another sparkling addition to
the neighbourhood. Piccoli had a great run, and we will miss
it. For the time being, you can see the fabulous Fibonacci pillows online, or book an
appointment to stop by Valerie's studio (also in Leslieville).
After, be sure to walk a block East,
past the Starbucks, and grab
yourself a killer latté at Mercury Espresso Bar.
Sophisticated design needs high grade Fair Trade coffee!
Trendy Baby in a Trendy Quilt
The select family of Baby Quilts by Valerie Page
can be viewed by appointment at her studio in the
These cotton baby quilts are perfectly
sized for laps, strollers, car seats, cribs, and anywhere baby
Bright colours and delicate patterns
blend into one another to create subtle, yet classic
Made by hand, each Baby Quilt in the nursery
collection is unique.
The limited edition collection of
pillows by Valerie, is now on display right here. The last green
leaf has changed its hue to a golden yellow, and that means it
is officially pillow season.
Soft, cushy, warm and colourful
pillows with unique patterns await you. The 2006 Pillow Collection can be viewed
The Goose Feather Cubist Pillow in
This years' Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
was a fantastic event, set on the lawns and around the
reflecting pool of Nathan Phillips Square. Over three days, a
field of creative individuals showcased some truly
breathtaking art works. Now as the summer winds down, Valerie
is back in the Studio working on several new pieces, a taste
of which you'll find below.
Whether it's a quilt hanging in a
recording studio to breath life and vibrancy into a blank wood
lined room, or a condo 12 floors up, it's remarkable the
effect brightly coloured landscapes of fabric can have on the
feel and tone of a space. Valerie's Quilts bring a kind of
warmth into these places, quieting down the hum of the city
while refreshing the senses at the same time.
We invite you to look through
this portfolio of selected quilts. Should you wish to
purchase a piece, please contact Valerie.
Quilts | Traditional
Quilts | Baby Quilts |
Valerie Page is an
accomplished textile artist, who in 1973 first began creating
quilts in Montreal, Canada.
After enrolling at the Ontario College
of Art and Design (OCAD) in Toronto, Valerie began
experimenting with hand made silk screened fabrics in vivid
colour patterns, and resist-dyed silks that she created in the
basement of the renown McCaul St. catalyst.
The fine quilted art works
that would later result from a fusion of vintage fabrics,
original silk screens and ethnic textiles capture Valeries'
own wonderful mix of lively, vivid colours, and bend the
boundaries of what many people think a quilt can be. It is this moment when we
first see Valerie's art, that an unexpected pleasure is
discovered which perfectly exemplifies her creative forces.
Valerie's quilts are both an artistic
expression of her vision, and a subtle commentary on the
changes which have occurred since many of the vintage cotton
fabrics she incorporates were first spun.
Each piece is unique - from Japanese
Kimono fabrics to lavish floral prints from the heyday of
counter-culture, the choice of cloth and colour is as
carefully considered as the hand quilting which adorns each
fine quilted artwork.